For the third year in a row, Marshall County’s girls are 1st
region champions. Michaela Manley scored 19 points Monday night helping the Lady Marshals beat Murray 54-44 in the girls 1st
region championship game at the CFSB Center in Murray.
Marshall (30-5) will play Perry County Central (23-6) Thursday at noon in the quarterfinals of the girls KHSAA state tournament at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.
Marshall had nine steals and forced the Lady Tigers into 14 turnovers. Murray shot just 34 percent for the game on 15-of-24 shooting. Marshall wasn’t much better. The Lady Marshals shot 39 percent from the field but hit 42 percent in the second half.
Allie York scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the Lady Marshals. Bailey Greer added 10 points. Maddie Waldrop led the Murray with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
2014 Girls All-Tournament Team
Taylor West – Graves County
Elizabeth Grogan – Murray
Michaela Manley – Marshall County (Joey Fosko MVP)
Bailey Hawkins – Graves County
Bailey Greer – Marshall County
Macey Turley – Murray
Karlee Humphrey – Paducah Tilghman
Jacqueline Roof – McCracken County (Rex Alexander Award)
Alex Kohler – Paducah Tilghman
Allie York – Marshall County
Alyssa Barnard – Marshall County
Maddie Waldrop - Murray
Two teams many predicted to meet in the 1st region championship game had to settle for a matchup in the regional semifinals. And to the thousands of fans in attendance, it was not a disappointment.
McCracken County (23-8) needed all 32 minutes to gain space from Graves County (27-5), and they did it shooting 80 percent from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
Leading 52-51 late in the game, McCracken County senior Kam Chumbler knocked down two critical free throws to give the Mustangs a three point lead, 54-51. On the following possession, McCracken County junior Caleb Stonecipher picked off a Graves County pass, helping secure the victory for McCracken County.
Four different Mustangs scored in double digits. Jared Burnett and Kam Chumbler led the way with 11 points while Caleb Stonecipher and Bryce Rodgers each had 10 points.
Graves County was led by Jake Williams who contributed with 19 points for the Eagles. Graves County's season ends with a 27-5 record with three of those losses coming to McCracken County.
McCracken County will face Marshall County for the 1st region championship Tuesday night. The Marshals defeated Mayfield 50-42 in Monday night’s second semifinal game. Austin Renfrow led the Marshals with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Haley Ballard led Mayfield with 15 points and six rebounds.
The Mustangs and Marshals tipoff at 7 pm Tuesday at Murray State University's CFSB Center.
Kentucky's group of heralded freshmen are no longer among the nation's elite.
The young Wildcats, who began the year the top-ranked team in the nation amid a buzz of possibly even going unbeaten, have fallen out of the Top 25.
They have lost three of their last four games, including Saturday's 84-65 loss at No. 1 Florida. Kentucky (22-9, 12-6 Southeastern Conference) struggled offensively and the Gators shot 60 percent from the field, a reflection of the Wildcats' struggles down the stretch.
Kentucky's freefall has a familiar feel to it.
Last spring the Wildcats lost four of their final five games, including a first-round NIT upset at Robert Morris. That collapse followed Nerlens Noel's season-ending knee injury; coach John Calipari blames this downward spiral on his team's inability to execute.
Two Illinois basketball players earned Big Ten honors despite the team's struggles this season.
Freshman Kendrick Nunn was named Monday to the Big Ten All Freshman Team, and junior Rayvonte Rice is an honorable mention All-Big Ten choice.
Nunn was the Illini's third-leading scorer in conference play, averaging 8.6 points. Nunn shot 47.1 percent from the field, and was sixth in the league in 3-point shooting at 43.9 percent.
Joining Nunn on the All-Freshman team are Indiana's Noah Vonley, Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes, Michigan's Derrick Walton and Purdue's Kendall Stephens.
Rice was the only player in the Big Ten to lead his team in points, rebounds and steals during the season. He is averaging 15.7 points, ranking eighth in the league in scoring. He had a career-high 29 points against Indiana.
The St. Louis Cardinals have introduced new Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz, although it may take a while before he gets into a game.
Diaz went through a practice Monday before the Cardinals played Detroit.
Later this week, Diaz will return to Mexico to finalize his work visa. Until that issue is cleared, Diaz can work out with the big league club but can only play in games on the back fields.
The Cardinals signed the 23-year-old Diaz to a four-year contract over the weekend. During the offseason, the NL champions signed All-Star shortstop Jhonny Peralta to a free-agent deal for four years.
Florida, which finished an unbeaten season in the Southeastern Conference, and Wichita State, which completed an undefeated regular season, are the top two teams in the AP college basketball poll for the third straight week.
The Gators (29-2), who received 50 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday, open play in the SEC tournament Friday.
The Shockers (34-0) got the other 15 No. 1 votes. They won the Missouri Valley Conference tournament Sunday, the first team to enter the NCAA tournament without a loss since UNLV in 1991.
Villanova moved from sixth to third, while Arizona dropped one spot to fourth. Louisville jumped from 11th to fifth, followed by Virginia and Duke. San Diego State and Michigan tied for eighth and Kansas was 10th.
Kentucky, which has lost three of four, dropped out from 25th, the fourth preseason No. 1 to fall out of the poll in the same season.
The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through March 9, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:
|1. Florida (50)
|2. Wichita St. (15)
|8. San Diego St.
|15. North Carolina
|16. Iowa St.
|18. Saint Louis
|20. New Mexico
|22. Michigan St.
|24. Ohio St.
Others receiving votes: Gonzaga 82, Stephen F. Austin 56, Oregon 39, Texas 31, Harvard 27, Kentucky 19, Baylor 18, UCLA 14, Nebraska 8, Iowa 4, Tennessee 2, George Washington 1, NC Central 1